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Outstanding Faculty and Student Achievements

Awards and Honors

Professors Jessica Alicea-Planas, RN, PhD, Michelle Leigh Farrell, PhD, and 20 Fairfield University students received the Values Recipient Award at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, CT. The award was given to the group for the work they accomplished during their service learning courses with St. Vincent’s Medical Center and HOPE Pharmacy, the University’s community service-learning partners. This service-learning opportunity was a collaboration between the Center for Faith and Public Life, Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies, and College of Arts & Sciences.

Susan Bartos, PhD, RN, CCRN and the University's Wellness Committee earned "Gold" winner status by the Business Council of Fairfield County for its successful efforts in promoting a healthy workplace. 

Cynthia Bautista, PhD, RN, CNRN, SCRN, CCNS, ACNS-BC, FNCS received the Brenda Lyon Leadership Award from the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists and was selected as co-lead author to develop Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) for movement disorders. Dr. Bautista also received a Presidential Citation in recognition of her work with the Neurocritical Care Society. 

Diana Mager, DNP, RN-BC was selected as the 2016 recipient of the Young Alumni Award for Excellence from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University.

Kathleen Wheeler, PhD, APRN-BC, FAAN, Kathleen Lovanio, DNP, APRN-BC, RN-BC and Carole Pomarico, MSN, MA, RN were chosen by the Connecticut League for Nursing (CLN) Board of Directors to be included in CLN’s 65 Over 65 Campaign- Leaving a Nursing Legacy in Connecticut for their accomplishments and legacy left for nurses in Connecticut. They will be honored during CLN’s 65 Over 65 Jubilee Luncheon scheduled for June 1, 2018. 

Book Chapters

Sheila Grossman, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, FAAN co-authored a book, The New Leadership Challenge: Creating a Preferred Future for Nursing. 5th edition., and book chapters Primary Care Patient with Gastrointestinal Problems: Graduate Program Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology in Campbell, S.H. & Daley, K. (Eds). Simulation Scenarios for Nurse Educators: Making it REAL, 3rd ed, Theories of aging. In Geriatric Nursing Care. 4th ed. By K. Mauk, Editor, St. Louis: Elsevier., and The Older Adult in an ICU with Acute Respiratory Failure: Critical Care Nursing, Senior-Year Elective in Campbell, S.H. & Daley, K. (Eds). Simulation Scenarios for Nurse Educators: Making it REAL. 3rd Edition. 

Jenna LoGiudice, PhD, CNM, RN co-authored two book chapters: Menopause in Alexander, I.M., Johnson-Mallard, V., Kostas-Polston, E.A., Fogel, C.I, & Woods, N.F. (Eds.), Women¹s Healthcare in Advanced Practice Nursing, 2nd Edition, and Women and Violence: Issues for Primary Care Providers. Chapter 7. In Hackley, B. K. and Kriebs, J. (Eds.), Primary Care of Women: A Guide for Midwives and Women¹s Healthcare Providers, 2nd Edition. 

Dr. Cynthia Bautista published a book chapter, Neuroscience Nursing, in M. Bader, L. Littlejohns, D.Olson (Eds.), AANN Core Curriculum for Neuroscience Nursing (97-117). Glenview, IL: American Association of Neuroscience Nursing.

Joyce Shea, DNSc, APRN, PMHCNS-BC and Audrey Beauvais, DNP, MSN, MBA, RN, CNL co-authored Chapter 22 – Assessing a patient with a mood disorder. In S.H. Campbell & K. Daley (Eds.), Simulation scenarios for nurse educators: Making it REAL, 3rd Ed .

Dr. Kathleen Wheeler wrote Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy in The SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology. Amy E. Wenzel, Ed. Vol.3 1410-1415.

Journal Publications

Jessica Alicia-Planas, PhD, RN, MPH, CHES authored an article Shifting our focus to support the educational journey of under-represented students in Journal of Nursing Education, 56(3), 159-63 in 2017. She also co-authored Community-based health education to decrease pediatric obesity in the Journal of Community Medicine & Health Education

Linda Roney, EdD, RN-BC, CPEN, CNE co-authored and published three articles: An international inter-professional study of mental models and factors delaying neuroimaging of critically head injured children presenting to emergency departments, which was published in Pediatric Emergency Care; Evaluating distracted driving behaviors in parents of children in suburban and rural areas of Alabama in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery; and Technology Use and Technological Self-Efficacy Among Undergraduate Nursing FacultyNursing Education Perspectives, 38(3), 113-118.

Dr. Linda Roney, Catherine Sumpio, PhD, RN, and Eileen O'Shea, DNP, APRN, PCNS-BC, CHPPN coauthored Describing clinical faculty experiences with patient safety and quality patient care in acute care settings: A mixed methods research study in Nurse Education Today.

Dr. Susan Bartos and Patrick Kelley, MD, DrPH article Transitioning to 100% Tobacco-Free: Perspectives from a Jesuit University was published in Building Healthy Academic Communities Journal. 

Dr. Susan Bartos co-authored A cross-sectional study on evidence based nursing practice in the contemporary hospital setting: Implications for nurses in professional development, which was published in the Journal for Nurses in Professional Development, 33(2), 64-69.

Sally Gerard, DNP, RN, CDE, CNL published a paper in the Journal of Nursing Care Quality entitled The Challenges of Inpatient Glycemic Control.  

Rose Iannino-Renz, DNP, FNP-BC, APRN published Nursing: The Role of Social Support in Persons with Type 2 Diabetic Wound in MEDSURG NURSING, 25(5). She also co-authored an article with Diana Mager entitled Use of Sedatives and Hypnotic Drugs Among Older Adults in the Journal of Community Health Nursing in the Journal of Community Health Nursing.

Kathryn Phillips, PhD, APRN co-authored two articles Eating disorder examination-questionnaire (EDE-Q): Norms for a clinical sample of males, which was published in the Archives of Psychiatric Nursing. 31(1), and Plasma BDNF levels following weight recovery in anorexia nervosa in Physiology & Behavior

Meredith Kazer, PhD, APRN, FAAN published an editorial entitled Are we preparing gerontological nurses of the future? in the Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 42(9).

Alison Kris, PhD, RN co-authored two articles: The Functions and Value of Reminiscence for Nursing Home Staff, which was published in Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 43 (6) and Remembering Reminiscence in the Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 43 (6).

Dr. Jenna LoGiudice published two articles:Looking beyond the physical causes of dyspareunia into a history of sexual abuse in the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, and A Systematic Literature Review of The Childbearing Cycle as Experienced by Survivors of Sexual Abuse in Nursing for Women¹s Health.

Dr. Diana Mager published Statins: The Good, the Bad, and the Unexpected in Home Healthcare Now, and co-authored The ELDER Project: Evaluating End of Life Knowledge Among Health Care Providers. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing.

Dr. Cynthia Bautista co-authored Prophylaxis of Venous Thrombosis in Neurocritical Care Patients: An Evidence-Based Guideline: A Statement for Healthcare Professionals from the Neurocritical Care Society, which was published in two journals, Neurocritical Care and Critical Care Medicine.

Student Achievements and Awards:

Egan School students in both the undergraduate and graduate programs are actively involved in the campus community and in their professional activities. This year, 37 graduate students and 48 undergraduate students were inducted in the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society.

This past summer, three Egan School students participated in the Susan D. Flynn Oncology Nursing Fellowship Program at Greenwich and Stamford Hospitals. Cristina Cioffi ‘18, Jaclyn Di Yeso ‘18 and Brianna Klenkel ‘18 were among 28 oncology nursing Flynn Fellows during this year’s program. Launched in 2013, the Fellowship's objective is to provide aspiring nurses comprehensive clinical exposure to oncology nursing and to "best practices" in compassion. The program selects rising seniors from the top nursing schools in the country and originally began with students from Boston College before expanding to other schools. 

During the 2016-17 academic year, 193 undergraduate nursing students were named to the Dean’s list with a GPA of 3.5 or higher in the fall semester and another 214 were named to the dean’s list in the spring semester.

Egan School alumna, Julia Brown ’17 was accepted into the Peace Corps where she will be stationed in Cameroon, Africa. During the two years she will be in Cameroon, Brown will serve in the health sector of the Peace Corps where she will be involved in HIV/AIDS education and prevention programs, malaria prevention and maternal and child healthcare.

Nursing students Jaclyn Di Yeso '18, and Emily Barr '18 participated in the 59th Annual Order of Malta Lourdes Pilgrimage in Lourdes, France. Di Yeso and Barr, who were sponsored by Gail Beradino, an Egan School advisory board member, dame in the American Association of the The Knights of Malta and her husband, former University trustee Joseph Beradino ’72, joined more than 4,000 dames, knights, chaplains, doctors, nurses, and volunteers to help 1,500 sick and disabled. While on the pilgrimage, the Fairfield nursing students and the other volunteers, accompanied the ill to the grotto of Lourdes, where they assisted their charges in being immersed in the water in hopes of being healed. They also participated in the various events held during the seven-day pilgrimage including a daily Mass. 

Students from the Egan School traded their standard red and black scrubs for a white coat when the School’s Class of 2020 officially marked their entrance into clinical practice at the annual White Coat Ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 21. Symbolic of their past studies, their present commitment and their future careers, the "white coat" ceremony was previously reserved for medical students as a reminder of their commitment to patients and their promise to engage in patient-focused, humanistic care. But now that the tradition has expanded to include other healthcare fields, the meaning of the ceremony has doubled: for Fairfield students, the ceremony serves as both the starting point of their clinical practice and as a commemoration of the values they will carry with them as they set out into professional healthcare settings.


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